Because of the hoopla around cuil today, I thought I’d take a peek at this newest search engine’s referrers.
Cuil crawler info. I know I’ve been seeing this bot for the past year or so. Cuil’s crawler is apparently called twiceler (is that a pun?) and the user agent string uses cuill.com which 302 redirects to the cuil.com domain. As of this writing, the
cuil Webmaster info URL has been updated from what is in the bot’s user agent string.
Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 28 15:02:12 Http Version: HTTP/1.0 Size in Bytes: 68965
Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Twiceler-0.9 http://www.cuill.com/twiceler/robot.html)
As for cuil visitor referrer info, here you go…
[Visitor’s IP Address]
Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 28 17:31:24 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 17773
Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.4; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/2008070206 Firefox/3.0.1
If you happen to see a “&sl=long” appended after the referrer i.e. (http://www.cuil.com/search?q=cleverhack&sl=long), it indicates that the visitor was using the two column layout. If cuil ever gets significant marketshare, you can bet there will be SEO’s stressing about how their sites show in the two column vs. three column layout.
Otherwise, a cuil visitor presents in your visitor logs pretty much as any other visitor from the big search engines. The IP address belongs to the user (not a proxy like ask.com) and so does the user agent.
As for my thoughts about cuil, I am not impressed with the image thumbnails with the search results, as nearly all I have seen so far have been wildly inappropriate for the results. As for information volume, I haven’t done a statistical survey, but google still presents a volume of results as opposed to cuil.